'What Makes Us American' – and 'What Makes Us Human'
President Barack Obama used World Refugee Day to speak out in support of refugees, but to send a clear and uncompromising message against President Donald Trump's policy to separate children, including babies, from their undocumented parents.
The former American president took to Facebook, asking, "are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?"
He also leveraged his role as a former president to speak on what makes us American, and what makes us human.
"Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say 'there but for the grace of God go I,' is part of what makes us human. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant – to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time – is part of what makes us American."
"To be an American is to have a shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve the chance to become something better," he continued.
And President Obama concluded with a not too subtle call to action: vote.
"That’s the legacy our parents and grandparents and generations before created for us, and it’s something we have to protect for the generations to come. But we have to do more than say 'this isn’t who we are.' We have to prove it – through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes."
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